People go nuts for this peanut candy in Jenjarom, giving them a sweet taste of history with every bite.
Kacang Tumbuk, or Gong Tang – call it what you will, this melt-in-the-mouth snack holds a dear place in the hearts of locals. In Chinese Hokkien Tradition, “Gong” means to hit, which is what happens to the peanuts in the candy making process. The traditional recipe has not changed much throughout centuries, but as simple as it may seem, making peanut candy is a tedious process.
Heritaste has kept this tradition going for over 30 years, in the small town of Jenjarom, Selangor.
Behind the Scenes of a Traditional Factory
We went behind the scenes of Heritaste for a look at how an traditional biscuit making factory makes their popular Peanut Candy. Interestingly enough, everything is still handmade to ensure quality and give it that old-school flavour.
The peanuts are roasted and crushed until powdery fine, then mixed with maltose sugar, which has been slowly melted down into a caramel sauce. These are the two main ingredients of the candy.
Next comes the long process of rolling it out, stretching the mixture, and folding it over and over again. This allows it to form a unique texture composed of many brittle layers, the signature of any Kacang Tumbuk or Gong Tang.
It is then laid into one long strip and chopped into bite-sized chunks. The workers the wrap them up individually before packaging them. Each candy can last for up to 2 months in normal temperature, and can be kept in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life.
What people love about it: the nutty aroma from the roasted peanuts, chewy texture of the mildly sweet caramel, and the many layers that make it melt in the mouth with every bite.
Heritaste also makes them in different flavours, like original, kacang pipang, and Oreo (to cater to modern customers). For those visiting Jenjarom, this is a delectable gift that gives a taste of heritage, pounded with their sweat and tears, and made from the heart of the locals.
Address: 40, Jalan Intan 2 Jenjarom, Selangor, Malaysia
Opening Times: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM, closed on Mon
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